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Tangier Morocco
 

Tangier-Tetouan

   
 
   
Just 14 km away from Spain, the Tangier-Tetouan region is Europe’s gateway to Africa. Situated in the north-western part of the kingdom, on a surface of 11,570 km², the region comprises three provinces (Chefchaouen, Larache and Tétouan) and two prefectures (Fahs Beni Makada and Tanger-Asilah). It has two maritime fronts, one on the Atlantic and the other on the Mediterranean.
With a birth rate growth reaching 2%, third nationally, the Tangier-Tetouan region now has some 2,470,372 habitants, 8% of the kingdom’s population. The population density, 40% of whom are under 15, stands at 213 hab/km², given the high rate of the rural exodus, which contributes to the rise of urbanisation rate as well (58,4%).

  1. Tourisme
  2. Agriculture
  3. Industry
  4. Fisheries
  5. Offshoring
  6. Infrastructure
  7. Tangier Free Zone
  8. Tangier-Mediterranean Port
   N.B. : USD 1 = MAD 7,258
       (evolution over 12 months - Bank Al-Maghrib)
 
 
  Tangier Regional Investment Centre
  Tangier free zone
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 1- Tourisme
The region’s economy relies heavily on tourism, in view of its historical, geographical and cultural heritage. Seaside resorts, 375 Km of coast, have been increasing with projects funded by foreign investments, and real estate and construction companies have also been investing heavily in tourist infrastructures.
It enjoys a number of assets that make it an FDI attraction par excellence, in terms of tourism in particular:
  • proximity to Europe;
  • a rich natural, cultural and historical heritage;
  • a transitory passage for Moroccans living abroad (MRE);
  • ecological sites;
  • state attention;
  • a number of large-scale development projects already underway
   
 2- Agriculture
Thanks to its water resources and geographical and climatic diversity, Tangier-Tetouan offers the opportunity of developing a modern and industrialised agriculture. The rain-waterd agriculture occupies most of the arable land, which totals 348,463 ha, 30% of the region’s territory. The area also produces sugar (beet and sugarcane) and oily plants such as sunflowers, peanuts and olive trees. The free trade agreements signed with the EU, USA, Turkey and other Arab countries allow the region’s products to be commercialised in international markets.
   
 3- Industry
Benefiting from its geographical proximity to international markets, the region’s industrial activity is third nationally, with 10% of the national added value, about 8% of production and 14% of exports. The region ranks high in the state’s industrial priority agenda, making it a hub for FDI by preparing several free zones. Some international companies, like Yazaki, Opel, Lafarge, Automotive Wiring Système, Polydesign Systems, DL Aérotechnoloigean, Airbus, Zara, Dewhirst etc., are already present in the region. The main asset here is its transport infrastructure, mainly Tanger-Méd Port, which is one of the biggest in the Mediterranean.

Industrial indicators : values in MAD million (2006)
 Province Number of units Staff Export Product Investment Added value
Nbre. % Nbre. % Val. % Val. % Val. % Val. %
 Chefchaouen 16 2 211 * 3 029 * 45 * + * 8 *
 Fahs-Anjra 10 1 484 1 167 2 198 1 11 1 39 *
 Larache 53 7 4 594 6 367 4 1 202 6 36 2 479 6
 Tanger-Assilah 368 51 63 529 81 8 960 90 13 743 72 1 054 69 4 062 50
 Tetouan 270 38 9 648 12 466 5 4 009 21 420 28 3 466 43
 Total 717 100 78 466 100 9 964 100 19 198 100 1 521 100 8 055 100
(+) : value under MAD 500,000
(*) : % less than 0.01%
 
 Sectors Nbre. companies Turnover  Staff 
 Food industry 163 5 671 318 11 634
 Chemical and para-chemical industry 192 3 284 785 7 538
 Electric and electronic industry 26 3 691 761 9 757
 Metallic and mechanical industry 120 1 441 996 3 044
 Textile and leather industry 275 3 973 906 43 877
Source: Ministry of Industry, Commerce and New Technologies (2005)
   
 4- Fisheries
With a coastal front of 375 km, equipped with five ports, the region has significant fishing potentials. There are at present 26 fishing industrial units specialised in canned and partly-canned fish, salting, deep freezing, shrimp shelling etc. As for aquaculture, the region has several sites with great potential in terms of breeding sea species.
   
 5- Offshoring
Apart from these traditional sectors, the region has witnessed the development of new activities. Thanks to the installation of a financial offshore area, the establishment of international banks and offshore holdings in Tangier is increasing. Call centres are also thriving in the region, especially those working with a Spanish audience, as the people of the north are known for mastery of Spanish.
   
 6- Infrastructure

Road Transport :
Tangier-Tetouan’s highway network, linking the region with the country’s most important cities mainly Rabat and Casablanca, has reached 2,027 km. More roads are scheduled as part of the Tangier-Med Port project, especially that linking the port with the free commercial zone and that which links this latter with the Rabat motorway.

Railway Network :
Tangier railway station’s main activity remains passenger transport (742,150 passengers), but this will change with the future line between Tangier and Tanger-Med Port and with the upgrading of the line linking Casablanca and Tangier which will substantially reduce the distance between the two economic poles.

Air Transport :
The region has two airports. The first is Ibn Battouta in Tangiers, which in 2003 registered 7,422 flights with a total of 222,136 passengers and 496 tonnes of cargo. The second is a smaller one, called Sania R’mel, in Tetouan, with 110 flights/year.

Air Transport :
The Tangier-Tetouan region has the biggest number of ports on both coastal fronts, the commercial port of Tangier and leisure ones in Asilah, Larache, Jebha, M’diq, Restinga Smir, Kabila and Ksar Sghir. The most important one is the Tangier-Mediterranean Port which started operating in 2007.
   
 7- Tangier Free Zone
  • The Tangier Free Zone is an industrial and commercial free trade zone. Covering an area of over 37.1 million square feet, the zone is made up of 2 main sub-zones: the industrial zone and the logistics one which comprises the warehousing, restaurants, management offices and the high-tech area.
  • Like other free trade zones, Tangier offers many advantages: 100% foreign ownership, exemption from imports/exports tax, exemption from VAT on goods, exemption from tax on companies for 5 years and a rate reduction thereafter.
   
 8- Tangier-Mediterranean Port
  • The Tanger Med Port is the keystone of a multi-modal platform thanks to:
    • its strategic location on the Straits of Gibraltar at the crossroads of East-West and North-South maritime routes;
    • its state of the art infrastructures;
    • its modern rail and motorway connections.
    Integrated intoto international logistics circuits, it serves the existing and future free zones and improves the competitiveness of businesses based in Morocco.
  • The most important port activities are planned under long-term concession contracts. These contracts are granted to renowned international professional operators which invest in port equipment and superstructures while ensuring cost effective operations at the best international standards of services, security and safety.
  • As far as port infrastructure is concerned, it is built according to the joint use of the rubble-mound breakwater and reinforced concrete caissons breakwater techniques. This strengthens the port protection from rough seas and allows an optimal use of the basin’s surface while providing the vessels with the possibility to berth alongside the jetty. The primary features of the port are as follows:
    • A principal breakwater of 2,056 m the first part of which totalizes 936 m of mound breakwater at 0 and –20mzh and the second part equal to 1,120 m of quadrilobe caissons founded on rockfill at -20 mZH;
    • A secondary breakwater of 586 m at 0 to –12 mZH;
    • A 300 m wide access channel, dredged to -17.00 mZH;
    • A 600 m diameter turning circle at -16 mZH;
    • A harbour basin of 100 Ha.
  • The management and development of port activities are ensured by Tanger Med Port Authority.
  • Tanger Med Port activities started on July 27th, 2007, with the opening of the Tanger Med Port first container terminal that is managed by APM Terminals Tangier.
(Source: TMSA)
   
     
 
 
     
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